The Switch is by no means a powerhouse of a console. It’s far behind anything you would experience on the PS4 or Xbox One, but then those consoles aren’t portable at all. The Switch is, therefore, quite an impressive device. We could, however, do with a little more power and it seems the recent Switch update has done just that.
According to those in the know, the Switch received a secret boost mode in firmware 8.0.0 update that kicks in when loading parts of some games. Yes, not all games have seen this mode becoming available as default. The obvious selection of titles to take advantage of it is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey so far. Here is a breakdown of how this update has improved Breath of the Wild:
Loading save file: 31 seconds -> 21 seconds
Fast travel: 19 seconds -> 11 seconds
Entering shrine: 10 seconds -> 7 seconds
What basically happens is that your Switch gets a boost to 1.75GHz when any form of loading takes place and then drops back to the standard 1GHz, once the task has been completed.
It’s a neat feature and makes sense as Nintendo has always stressed that a game loading fast is crucial, hence them going for non-standard discs with the GameCube back in the early 2000s and why they worked so hard to improve the Wii U’s time to launch a game quicker. Hopefully, this update will affect more games in the future.